Your guide to the big bash 

IT’S been 150 years in the making.

The official program of Goulburn’s big birthday celebrations is now out.

Produced by Goulburn Mulwaree Council in consultation with the 150th Birthday Committee and the Visitor Information Centre, the 30-page publication features a rundown of all the events associated with the City’s 150th.

“Goulburn’s 150th Birthday celebrations are testament to the community spirit we have in this City...We don’t have big budgets; but we are brimming with passion, enthusiasm and determination,” Mayor Geoff Kettle and Birthday Committee chair Councillor Carol James (pictured) write in the program’s ‘welcome’.

Cr Kettle said the program looked “fantastic” and praised the production team.

“The staff involved put in a massive effort, with the final product something we should all be proud of,” he said “Join us in January for guided tours of historic St Saviour’s cathedral and the NRL trial match between Canberra Raiders and Canterbury Bulldogs which will be hosted by Goulburn during February,” James said.

“Gallery On track will present a 1920s to today fashion exhibition during March and the 150th anniversary Trophy Race –Wakefield300 will also take place in March.

“This year-long program offers something for everyone.

“All are welcome to attend Goulburn’s official 150th birthday celebrations on March 14.”

St Saviour’s Anglican Cathedral will offer a mass of Thanksgiving, followed by a civic reception, morning tea and cutting of the cake on the common.

Official birthday celebrations will be attended by Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and dignitaries from the Anglican Church.

Another major focus of the celebration, “Goulburn on the Move” Street Parade on March 16, through Auburn Street takes you on a journey of Goulburn’s last 150 years.

The heart of Goulburn, famous Belmore Park will be a hive of activity for the whole family from The Biggest Kids Birthday Party to a free Street Carnival and Concert finishing spectacularly with a fireworks display from St Saviour’s.

“So many businesses and organisations have made Goulburn the great place it is today and it would be only fitting to have them showcased in the Street Parade,” Cr James said.

“It’s not too late to be involved in the Street Parade with participants encouraged to download an entry form from the Goulburn 150th Birthday website.”

The Official Birthday Program is available from the Visitor Information Centre or can be downloaded from the Goulburn 150th Birthday website www.goulburn150.org.au.

To be linked directly to the online program, click here.

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